Swami Ramdev now goes on to make Ganga pollution-free

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Hardwar, Jun 18 (UNI) Yog Guru Swami Ramdev, who has launched a world-wide campaign to popularise Yog and Ayurved, is now making efforts for a pollution-free Ganga.

After a high-level meeting of several organisations, held under the banner of the Ganga Raksha Manch, Baba Ramdev told mediapersons here yesterday that all the organisations working for making the river pollution free would make joint efforts in the direction.

"The Ganga Raksha Manch will launch an agitation throughout the country on five points. These are declaring the river a national heritage, setting up a Central Ganga Protection Authority, expediting work on the projects undertaken by the Ganga Pollution Control Board constituted in 1984, declaring polluting Ganga a cognizable offence and ensuring incessant flow of the stream of the river," he said.

The Yog Guru further averted that a steering committee of the Ganga Raksha Manch, including representatives from the All India Akhara Parishad, Gayatri Parivar Shantikunj, Murari Bapu, Aasha Ram Bapu, Sant Nirankari Samagam, Sikh Sangat, the Ganga Sabha Hardwar and Varanasi, Arya Samaj, Ram Krishan Mission, Shri Jain Aacharya Muni, Sarvodya, Baudh Samaj, and few others would be constituted.

The second meeting of the Ganga Rakhsha Manch would be called on soon to chalk out future strategy on the issue.

Sources said the Vishva Hindu Parishad's (VHP) participation in the meeting in a big way is an attempt, on the part of the VHP, to rope in Swami Ramdev in its Hindutva agenda with its focus on saving the mighty river.

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